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Question DetailsAsked on 12/24/2013

Who should replace the cover for an attic fan - electrician, A/C repair, roofer, or someone else?

We have an attic fan, and the dome blew off after a storm. We need to get it replaced, but are not sure who we should call.

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If the fan, motor, and electrical connections are staying intact, that would be a project best reserved for a roofer.

How old is the fan? There comes a point of diminishing returns if the fan is close to 10 years old.

You may be better suited to replace the entire unit at that point as compared to attempting to find parts and/or service the existing unit.

If the parts are readily available or you have them, should be a pretty easy fix.

If you are paying a roofer to access the roof, be sure to have them inspect the rest of the roof for any damage at that time. If the winds were strong enough to rip off a fan cap, it may have created some other issues.

Should you require a new fan, be sure to compare models and look at getting a unit with both a humidistat and thermostat.

Answered 6 years ago by WoWHomeSolutions


Most of these fan units are built with the shroud/housing/cover made as a part of the entire unit. Generally speaking, if the cover blows off, the entire unit would need to be replaced. This would be the job of a roofing contractor, although an electrician may be necessary to wire the fan back into the circuit. As far as the electrical part of it, a simple replacement of an existing unit should not be particularly complicated and possibly the roofing contractor would be willing to do it for you at little or not additional cost.

Answered 6 years ago by davidpsr


It is often almost impossible to find repair parts other than motors locally so a full replacement sounds like the way to go.. I do not know what part of the country you are in but replacement at this time of year in the colder areas gets difficult. The shingles get brittle and your roofer may break a few while trying to remove them. I would definitely recommend a roofer or a good handyman. If you have the old cover and it is not too damaged you may even be able to patch it tempoarily with heavy duty duct tape and drill new holes in it to screw it down or if you can find the same make and model buy a new one and remove the top and temporarily use that till the weather is better. Since you do have the electric run in place you do not need an electrician and many of them would not feel comfortable with the roofing part anyway.


Answered 6 years ago by ContractorDon


I used a 22" Water Heater pan sold at any hardware store for under $20. It is aluminum, so it should last longer than the old plastic cover. Pick up some stainless screws, washers and lock nuts while you are at it. You will have to match drill six 5/32 inch holes, while you are on the roof. Then attach the pan with the outlet hole facing the lower side of the roof.

Answered 4 years ago by MrFixxIt


I have a switch in the garage that turns on my attic fans I have 2.

When i try to flip the switch I get nothing do you think both fans are gone or just an electrical problem.

Where would the reset buttons be?

Please help!!!

Answered 4 years ago by leemunjone


I used a metal garbage can lid that overlapped the fan's diameter and fit just right.

Answered 2 years ago by GatesMW50C

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